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Best small automatic cars of 2024

Small cars have come on in leaps and bounds over the past decade and moving from a larger, older car need not mean a step down in specification levels or refinement. Especially if you pick one with a modern automatic gearbox. Here are some of the very best ones you can buy today.

Hyundai i10

1. Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 review
Peugeot 208

2. Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208 review

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Volkswagen Polo

3. Volkswagen Polo

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Ford Fiesta

4. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta review
Honda Jazz

5. Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz review
MINI 5-Door Hatch

6. MINI Hatch

MINI 5-Door Hatch review
Fiat 500e

7. Fiat 500 Electric

Fiat 500e review
Battery range up to 195 miles
Skoda Fabia

8. Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia review
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

9. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid review
Vauxhall Corsa Electric

10. Vauxhall Corsa Electric

Vauxhall Corsa Electric review
Battery range up to 222 miles

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The Honda Jazz and Hyundai i10 are both considered to be very reliable for small automatic cars, however most modern automatics should provide trouble-free motoring well past their warranty periods. For extra piece of mind the Kia Picanto offers an impressive seven-year warranty (the norm is closer to three years).

Electric small cars like the Vauxhall Corsa Electric should also be extremely reliable thanks to their far simpler mechanical components and a gearbox comprising of a single gear sending power from the electric motor to the driven wheels. 

Different marques owned by the same parent company often share mechanical components, such as the Audi A1, SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo which have the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This can often result in more thoroughly developed components which can result in enhanced reliability.

The Kia Picanto is currently the cheapest small automatic car you can buy. It undercuts most of its rivals by a few thousand pounds and still offers a seven-year warranty as standard. With just 66bhp on offer from its 1.0-litre engine, you may want to spend a bit more if you plan to do any sort of motorway driving.

The Dacia Sandero used to be available with a CVT automatic transmission. It’s more spacious than the Picanto and has 90bhp, but equipment levels are rather minimal. They're extremely rare to find on the used market, though.